SL015: How To Memorise Your Speeches

This month I had to memorise thirteen different speeches.
In today’s episode filmed in Toronto I cover how to memorise your speeches.



  • Working three speeches ahead
  • Recording your rehearsals
  • Visualisation techniques
  • Building your speech like songs

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Hey, James here. So today I’m in Niagara on the lake, which is quite near Toronto, just almost for you over to the US border. And the reason I’m here is I’m giving a keynote, here for a conference for institutional investors all about super creativity, about creativity, artificial intelligence. And because over the course of the next two months, I’m speaking a lot, I’m basically speaking, can have nonstop for the next two months. So a question I’m sometimes on how do you remember all these different speeches that you have to give, because all obviously tailored for the different clients. So it’s a couple little tricks that I’ve learned so far. The first is every morning, and every evening, I will go through two or three speeches, the one I’m giving immediately next and and that one, I’m basically just getting it memorize right into the into my brain. So I can just go and deliver even if the slides if nothing else work, I know that I can get straight through that and give a good presentation.

The other one I’m usually rehearsing is the one I’m going to be giving straight after that. So then the next one after that, just so I’m feeling I’m kind of on top of it. And the third one I’m working on is the one that comes after that. And usually I’m in the process of writing it or making some final tweaks, or, you know, just going some some final detail, I’m not actually honestly speaking out rehearsing it, like I worked with the other two. So I always kind of working class three speeches ahead. Sometimes as well on the fourth one, if I’m working on what I’m working with just now, which is but two months time, right, the end of this tour, which is very different from all the other ones. So probably tomorrow, actually start just kind of sketching out a little bit more, kind of going through some of the big ideas I want to have on that speech. So that’s that’s kind of how I can do that there in terms of how you can get the things into your head, what I tend to do is I will record on my voice recording my phone, my speech, Lifeline word for word as I’m going through it. And then it means as I’m out walking, doing other things like in the car coming here today, I’m listening to the speech because I can remember the sounds of how speech goes and I get it, I bring better than if I read it. So the same for everyone. But that’s certainly what what works for me. So always going to be working a few speeches ahead. Another little trick, if you if you start to get a little bit confused, or worse, which speeches this and you know, it’s like the lines get blurred between one speech and the other. Another little trick I found is, if I’m giving a speech, if I hadn’t spoken an event venue before, I will go online, and I will look if it’s a hotel like this one, I will look at the room and the on the website and visually remember what the room looks like. As I’m kind of going through the speech in my head. I’m imagining myself giving that speech on that stage. And that means as I’m rehearsing in my head, I’m visually there, which is different from if I’m you know, the speech I give next I’m in a completely different by more can auditorium theatre.

So using that visual palette you have your brain is also a really good thing to do. So that’s some of the old tricks, little tricks I I certainly use about how to remember multiple speakers had been working at multiple speeches at the same time. And a final one I would say is, I mean, this happened only a few days ago when on this speech, I was going through some final things that I just thought I want a little bit more time the organizers and we’d love to have some time to do q amp a. And so what I decided to I said I need to drop out by three minutes in my speech, and I used the technique I use when I’m building my speeches like building them, like a set of music artists building a set of the live shows I’m building them in, in songs. So like every few minutes almost got another song and my set and sometimes I’ll pair two songs together up here to ideas in a speech together because he’s really worked very well closely together to do maybe over the tomorrow they have to explain exactly how I do that. But what it’s very useful for is if I want to suddenly switch something out, pull up some side I know Okay, those two songs there those two ideas that closely together those and get pulled out at the same time. Or if I pull that one out, it’s going to cause me problems with this other one. So building up your songs in modules or like building up your your speaking presentations like like modules or like songs in a set like a music artist is another way to get very dynamic with how you create a deliver your speeches. So, so from here in Niagara on the lake in near Toronto. What we found that useful My name is James Taylor Thanks for watching.

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